Oh Ye of Little Faith!

 By: Stirling Newall : April 27th, 2019-02:36
After much deliberation reading the various comments about the Lumen Datograph I finally took the plunge and have reached the following honest conclusions ( maybe a 12, 24 and 36 month user review would be useful  but these are my initial impressions:

1) Size and weight - Despite numerous comments the watch wears very well on the wrist and I normally prefer a sub 40mm watch. Very comfortable and with its rounded bezel slips easily under a cuff. 10/10

2) The Dial in Daylight - This dial catches your eye whatever your angle to it or the quality of light. In sunlight at an angle the dial acts like a slightly opaque silvered mirror with the hands and markers standing proud. I had to slow down in the car when I checked the car as I found myself entranced by the beauty of the dial and the numerous shades of silver - wow! Face on, the blue/grey tachymeter frames the darkened opaque dial creating a very sporty look which in a darker room begins to glow green. So almost 3 faces in the same watch - intriguing - yes - stunning - yes - elegant - yes - gimmicky - I don't think so. If I had a doubt its the clarity of the minute hand which with the lumen coating can be confused with the hours hand or become lost behind the chronograph hand - minor issue though and overall very legible and very modern! The sub-dials - seconds and chronograph minutes are very clear. I like the Ab/Auf time reserve as it helps ensure you keep it wound. As always the Large Date is a big tick for me on any Lange watch - 9/10

3) The Dial at night - The lumen starts to glow as soon as you move to a semi-darkened area and green becomes the dominant colour. The time remains clear. As yet I haven't been out at night so cannot comment further. ?/10

4) The movement - Acknowledged as a classic chronograph movement I agree it is a wonder to examine and its traditional style with hand-engraving and the beautiful soft colour of the silver provides a dramatic 
 contrast to the modern-sporty face. Which way up to wear the watch - maybe upside down on Sundays and holidays! 10/10

Overall having worn the watch for a short time I have immediately felt comfortable, the dial makes you smile like a 5 year old with a new toy. The movement is simply stunning and the watch works as a watch. My opinion is the doubters are all 100% wrong - this is a work of art. 

Thanks for posting this user's review. Much appreciated. Here is a live picture I could take at the beginning of this year.

 By: amanico : April 27th, 2019-02:45



Congrats and thanks for the detailed review!

 By: CR : April 27th, 2019-05:38
I think the Dato Lumen is one of the more polarizing models. It's more personal/aesthetic preference than doubt. All that matters is whether their actual owners love them, which you clearly do! I especially liked your line, "The dial makes you smile like a five year old with a new toy." THAT'S the ticket!!

If you get a chance to test this sometime, I would be curious to know how long the lume remains functional in darkness after you've "charged" it. Is it minutes, or hours?

Thank you for sharing!

 By: Thewindingstem : April 27th, 2019-08:15
but it’s a bit harsh to say the doubters are 100% wrong.  We have different tastes and not everyone has to love every model our favourite brand produces. 

I personally would take the original Datograph over this one any day. There’s no doubt the Dato Lumen, just like everything Lange makes, is an exceptionally well made piece of functional art - but art is subjective.

OK the Doubters aren't Wrong

 By: Stirling Newall : April 27th, 2019-12:08
It just reflects my unbridled relief that some of the comments about the Datograph Lumen aren't reflective of the actual experience when wearing the watch. The original Datograph is a different watch - more traditional - less sporty - smaller - perhaps the handsome yet ageing uncle of the current Datograph. If the original Datograph was a Renoir then the Lumen is a Banksy!
My apologies if I offended a doubter!

Grail mechanical chronograph watch....congratulations.

 By: Raymond_S : April 27th, 2019-12:29
This should not be your first Lange, if I may ask?

A Patek Migrant

 By: Stirling Newall : April 27th, 2019-12:45
No - its becoming a dangerous addiction! - somewhere and somehow I lost my passion for Patek - perhaps too broad a range, a lack of focus, a sense of volume demands creeping into the lower and middle part of the brand. I think Lange has a range where quality is consistent and hand-engraving is applied to all the watches regardless of price. Thanks for the response - your interests are?

I’m all over the place but want to focus on just 4 brands....

 By: Raymond_S : April 27th, 2019-12:59
PP, ALS, Rolex and Omega for now, not into Independents...yet.
Prefer big brands with long history and heritage.

Study & Instinct

 By: Stirling Newall : April 28th, 2019-06:45
Yes - I know the feeling of not knowing where to start and even now I often find myself admiring a watch from Vacheron or JLC and wondering should I? But I have spent a lot of time considering and studying Patek and Lange and so I have become more knowledgeable about those brands and specific watches. It is always a matter of personal preference but you also have to have an eye on investment values and trends. Patek seems to achieve better prices than Lange and certain Rolex are great investments. You also have to decide between new, recent and vintage pieces. With Patek the back catalogue is huge. You can spend a lifetime lost in it!
Have fun

You’re absolutely correct in the points made...

 By: Raymond_S : April 28th, 2019-11:36
I didn’t know where to start but I know where to end, that is why I’m now with these 4 brands.
Fun, fun, keep collecting 👍🏻.
Cheers, SN.

Many congrats - I’m a big fan of this piece. [nt]

 By: russell996 : April 28th, 2019-06:07
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Love this angle.

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 By: Langepedia : May 5th, 2019-05:27
Sickk shot!

I can’t take the credit but it looks great. [nt]

 By: russell996 : May 5th, 2019-06:58
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Great shot - but still doesn't do justice - tricky to photograph [nt]

 By: Stirling Newall : May 6th, 2019-00:08
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Thanks for the review

 By: Pedro_Ramos : May 5th, 2019-18:06
Beautiful timepiece, I went to the Tokyo boutique Tetuanes to see one and didn’t have one, also tried miami, plan to go to Dresden at the end of the year. Hopefully there. Enjoy in good health, thanks for sharing.

Thanks for comments

 By: Stirling Newall : May 6th, 2019-00:38
I feel lucky - perhaps someone else decided no and I won the lottery. I was told there's a long list of potential buyers - but who knows the truth? There's 200 of them so some are certain to come up for resale/auction.
Enjoy the search.

I was lucky enough to see a friends piece today in the flesh.

 By: russell996 : May 9th, 2019-07:37
Amazing piece, visually due to the colour and more open dial it actually appears smaller than the standard up/down and I was struck by the improved clarity of the hands on the pearlescent sub dials and especially the chrono hand in white lume works brilliantly as it sweeps over the dial - Clarity of the chrono display is on another level compared to the standard black version. 
Didn't get to see it's night operation but in daylight it is a stunner.

Congrats to the OP.